Smoke Jumper Smoked Imperial Porter - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Smoke Jumper Smoked Imperial PorterSmoke Jumper Smoked Imperial Porter

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Reviews: 244
Hads: 581
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 18.56%
Wants: 80
Gots: 59 | FT: 1
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: GCBrewingCo on 12-19-2006

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Photo of RickS95
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not quite pitch black, but really close to it. The faintest of faint dark brown shows when held to a light. The head is slow forming and as thick as you want it to be. A light brown in color, it's relatively uniform small bubbles are sticky, giving it a nice lace.

The malt backbone is highlighted in the nose, along with some smoke and bittersweet chocolate.

Very malty, but the smoke and hops keep everything in balance. The smoke is prevalent, but never overbearing. Hops keep their strength deep into the finish.

It's really creamy, and it's slightly bitter, for a little complexity. As it warms, all the flavors and feelings are exaggerated.

I seem to rate Left Hand beers all over the board. This one is at the better ends. It's a nice beer from beginning to end, with nary a loose end. Any rough edges have been smoothed. It's easy to drink, has a nice amount of alcohol, and goes down smooth. Good stuff.

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Photo of Suds
3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Utterly black in color, the beer admits not light, and is crowned with medium chocolate head. The smell is mild for a smoked beer, but does have an acrid, charcoal-like smoke character. It's not a smoke from the start of a fire, but from the final embers. the beer also has some distant dark malt and grain scents. Its taste is sweet, with a notable heavy malt character. A bit more carbonation than necessary. The beer's taste has less smoke than the smell. The finish is quiet, and the ABV is very well hidden. Medium-to-high in body, the beer is reasonably drinkable. There are many better smoked beers out there.

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Photo of Blargimus
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into snifter. Bottled on 2/7/2012.

Pours very, very dark with a finger or two of beautiful light brown head. Head fades fairly quickly, and leaves some nice lacing.

Certainly smoke in the smell, but not overpowering by any means. There's also plenty of roasted barley and maybe a hint of soy sauce.

The smell carries over pretty unchanged to the taste. There's a smoke flavor hanging over everything, but the other flavors are all balanced very well. Sweeter than I expected, with good bitterness.

Reasonably thick and silky mouthfeel, and not too much carbonation. A tiny bit of detectable alcohol.

I can't say I have a lot of experience with smoked beers, but this seems an excellent example.

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Photo of MammothTarantula
3.37/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A: Poured a magnificent jet black. Head did not form until a few seconds after pouring. The head was tan and topped at at about 3.5 fingers and stuck around for awhile. Minimal lacing. An absolutely gorgeous beer.

S: Nothing special here. Just your typical porter maltiness with a maybe a tinge of smoke at the end.

T: Rich malts and faint hops, just your typical porter taste. Maybe a weird little bit of grass. The smokiness was nearly nonexistent, coming in at the very end. I was expecting more a rauchbier-like smokiness, so this was very disappointing. Still a good tasting beer despite the lack of a stronger smoke character.

M: Thick and slick. Medium carbonation.

O: Decent porter. The lack of smokiness was very disappointing. This was an expensive beer, so I probably won't purchase it again.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

vintage 2011.

poured into tulip glass.

reviewed from notes taken 4/30/2012.

Appearance: dark brown to light black bodied beer with 2 fingers of brown head that drops to a thin cap. Nice lacing.

Smell: a nice clean smoke that is meaty and bacony. Notes of peat moss and earthy. No getting many of the traditional porter notes because the smoke overpowers everything.

Taste: Taste follows the nose. Bacony smoke with a hint of porter. This beer is smoke forward, but the smoke is not out of control. Hops add a bit of earthiness to this brew. A hint of cocoa in the finish.

Mouthfeel: medium light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The beer has a dry finish from the smoke. Borderline thin body for a porter, if this beer was thicker it would take this beer to a whole new level. Carbonation is done well.

Overall: This is a really great smoked porter. My new favorite beer from left hand brewing Company!

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Photo of raszputini
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great brew. This is a stout with a thinner mouth for all intents and purposes. The pour is jet black with a thin camel colored head. The nose is of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. The elevated ABV is well hidden, this brew is not boozy at all. The taste is consistent with the nose and includes the roast, chocolate, and coffee, maybe even marshmallows with a heavy but pleasant charcoal smoke tone that stays throughout. Smooth, no tweaky "fake strength" to hide the ABV. Finishes remarkably clean with no weird aftertaste that often accompanies big dark brews.

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Photo of avalon07
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bomber to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick consistency. There was a huge, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A smoky aroma to say the least, with hints of malt and hops as well.

T: Tasted of roasted malt, a little chocolate, a hint of coffee, and the ubiquitous smoky quality. The flavor is closer to a stout than a porter, but that's not a bad thing. A big, focused, enjoyable flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

O: You enjoyment of this beer (and others like it) depends entirely on your love of the smokiness. If you like it, this is a beer for you.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark black color with a light tan head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is a lot of smoked and roasted malts and a lot of sweet chocolate as well. Smells great!

T- The taste is roasted malts up front with some sweetness and smoke and a touch of hops in the finish along with a lot of warmth from the alcohol.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.
O- Overall, Smoke Jumpers is a great beer. I always enjoy a good smoked beer, and this one was very enjoyable. Recommended!

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Photo of samie85
3.1/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a jet black with two fingers of light brown head that quickly dissipates to 1/2 a finger.

Smells of light smoky notes, cocoa powder and some light roasted notes.

Big notes of chocolate with some deep roasted notes... not getting much smoke here.... a little on the end.

Very creamy and full-bodied with light carbonation.

I was expecting a ton of smoke from this... along the lines of a rauch, but it fails to deliver.

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Photo of n2185
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with two fingers of tan head that recedes into a thin layer with little lacing.

S: Roasted malts up front with sweet chocolate and lots of smokey aromas.

T: Similar to the aroma, roasted malts hit first with some dark chocolate flavors. Smoke and meat flavors bring up the finish.

M: Medium-thick body with lowish carbonation, this beer avoids being watery, but could use a bit more carbonation or a thicker body.

O: A good beer, overall. Simple, but tasty.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark chocolate color with minimal head.

S: Dark roasted malt, cherry smoked malt and a bit of roast pig.

T: Well after seeking this one out for some time on my wants list, I finally came across it on tap to my surprise. First up was a mouthful of chocolate mixing with bitter baker chocolate and a nice cherrywood smoked malt base.

M: Very smooth and mildly carbonated on tap. I suspect this would have a little more carbonation out of a bottle, but the mouthfeel is very slick and full bodied.

O: This is a very good Porter with tons of chocolate flavor and a good dosing of smoke. Like most porters, it has the signature sweetness of a baltic porter. I really enjoyed it, it lived up to my expectations.

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Photo of denver10
3.08/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours black with an effervescent black head. Smells smoky and a little sweet. Like smoked meat dipped in chocolate (though I didn't get a chocolate specific smell to it, more about being sweet and rich). Flavor matched the aroma, smoked meet dunked in a sweet, malty broth. A nice medium to heavy creamy body to this. Overall, good for what it is I imagine, but I definitely discovered that I am not a fan of smoked beer. I could not get through my pint...sorry.

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Photo of Beerlover
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had the privledge of getting this beer at the store i work at aged on the self, found a few bottles with a 2008 bottle date! One of our beer reps pointed that out to me, thanks bud! This is a great example of a smoked porter, i've had a few considering porters are my favorite. Stone will give this a run for its money considering its half the price. My bottle being 3 plus years old probably was smokier than normal but was great. Smoke was stong but not overwelming, had a smooth feel on the mouth and a slightly oily aftertaste. has good coffee and slight mocha notes. try this beer if u can find it!

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: Handsome dark brown. Mocha head and messy lacing (recedes quickly but messy while it lasts).
smell: Very nice in your face smoke with a worthy malt to counter. Smoky and rich.
taste: That really works. Smoky, malty and dangerously smooth. Nicely done Left Hand.
mouthfeel: a bit thin.
overall: Nicely done. A smoked imperial porter. Never had that before but respect for a another fine creation.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber into tulip. bottled on 02/07/12/. really sick label.

A: dark brown body with a brownish/white bubbly head. retention is moderate and wouldnt hate for a bit better lacing. however, can see some like.

S: the nose is a battle between hickory smoke and sweet candied sugars w/ the smoke winning. very pleasant aroma. smokey without being overbearing.

T: the palate starts deeply smokey. almost burnt. you can definitely get a moderate amount of lactose as well. finish leaves a bit of tobacco tar in your mouth.

M: moderate carbonation on a pretty full-bodied porter.

D: to me this would be a great beer to gateway a non-smoked beer fan into beer smoked wonderland. just enough smoke to compete with the sweetness to take the edge off. certainly a good offering from left hand in the smoked porter department.

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Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Milk chocolatey body with a soft yet dense head of light brown foam.

A very pleasant and rich nose of chocolate and smoke. Like chocolate covered bacon.

A blend of two huge flavors: chocolate and smoke. Quite rich with great depth of flavor. The chocolate is semi sweet with the smoke quite prominent, but in no way overbearing. Both complement each other nicely. Some alcohol does come through towards the end.

Has a terrific velvety feel to it. Medium-full body, very smooth.

I am a huge smoked beer fan and this one is very good, but not great. This is more of an approachable smoked beer with all of the chocolate balancing it. Overall, a very tasty brew that is reminiscent of an imperial stout in flavor and feel, but with the drinkability of a porter.

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Photo of brydeen
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a very dark, creamy brown with a think, frothy tan colored head. Good retention.

S: Smokey goodness overwhelms the nose. Very reminiscent of smoked meats, very bacon like. Very nice roasted malts in the background, with a faint sweet, chocolatey quality.

T: Smokiness jumps to the forefront, but not as dominant as the nose. A bitterness cuts the smokey potency, but leaves a bit of an unpleasant aftertaste. Tastes a little too much like liquid bacon for my liking

M: Nice and creamy, with a medium body. Very smooth.

O: A nice solid beer, but not one I'd want to have multiple of in one sitting. The smokiness becomes a bit overbearing after a while.

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Photo of billab914
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into my CBS snifter. It poured black in color with a thin, spotty, tan colored lacing scattered across the top of the beer.

The aroma shows off the smoked malts pretty well. The porter contributes some really good chocolate and coffee flavors to it. The smoke is bold, but it integrates well.

The taste has a very nice smoke presence to it. It mixes very well with the chocolate and caramel flavors of the porter. It's got a bit of a burnt, roasted quality to it in the finish as well. I loved the smokiness in it.

The mouthfeel feels creamy and slightly thick with moderate carbonation. Overall I thought it was a great smoked beer. It had a really nice smokiness to it that really complimented the rich chocolate and caramel porter flavors. I love a good smoked beer, and this is one of the best ones I've had. I may like Alaskan Smoked Porter a little better, but since I can get this locally I'm definitely going to be buying more of this.

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Photo of sweethome
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ink dated on neck - 2/8/12 - a fresh one!

Pours with a tan head - nice head - about one finger. Nose is rauchbier - smoke up front, backed by roast malt. Entry is full, creamy. Smooth, yet full flavored. Chocolate malt builds as the beer is consumed. A big porter malt blast with firm smoke - the right balance of smoke for me. The smoke brings cured bacon to mind.

Substantial yet drinkable, complex yet approachable. This is the best beer I have had from Left Hand. Bravo - a beer to savor.

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Photo of ChugginOil
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at the House Pub

Very dark in color. Black. A finger of brown head dissipates slowly, leaving sporadic lace throughout the glass.

The nose is very smokey. Burnt malts and cocoa. Roasty and sweet. Smelling this makes me wish I had a slab of ribs on the side. The smoke is quite prominent.

After tasting Smoke Jumper, I am wishing for those ribs even more. A perfect pairing it would be. Smoked up, roasty, chocolatey, and s'more smokiness. Light sweetness lingers behind the smoke.

The mouthfeel is thick, creamy & silky despite the backyard bbq flavors.

Overall, great smoked beer. Drinkable, well-integrated and tasty.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from 1/2011 notes. This was a 2008 bottle with unknown storage history, but apparently well stored. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a very dark red brown amber. Thin light brown head and light lacing. Light malt and smoke aroma. Nice roasted and dark malts, dark fruit and a moderate amount of smokiness. Faint traces of nuts and bacon. Very nicely balanced and tasty. I really enjoyed this smoked porter.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.57/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Black color. Two and a half fingers of frothy tan lacing. Retention is pretty good given the ABV and a moderate amount of lacing is left.

4.5 S: So nice. The smoke is really potent. Smelling this is like sitting by a camp fire and eating bacon. Deep caramel notes with a light roast. Smoke is the main focus here and it's done to perfection.

4.5 T: Smoke and bacon are the main culprits in the taste as well. Despite this, it's as smooth a beer as I've ever had. Underneath there is a light supple roastiness, a good bit of caramel, and chocolate. The smoke is very well integrated with the base porter and the porter seems like a solid one.

4.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Nice creaminess to go with this.

5.0 D: Any of the nose, taste, and mouthfeel could have received a 5.0, so I'll give it here instead. Really impressed with this beer. The smoke is done better than any other smoked beer I've ever had. Great job LH!

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Photo of ynsane
2.69/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I do NOT understand all the good reviews of this beer. While it had a considerable smoke odor to it, it tastes like liquid BACON! I downed a glass and it was beyond enough. As much as I love bacon, it was not a beer I would ever drink again. On another side though, it would make a great base for braising or slow cooking a roast or maybe even a pork shoulder. I would at least tell you to sample it if possible, thank God for WoB in this case. Beyond the sample though, I do NOT recommend drinking this brew, unless you really like liquid bacon.

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Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is close to jet black in color—traces of amber are visible near the edge of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a thin tan head that quickly died down and left wispy lacing on the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of smoke in the nose. No other smells are detectable.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of smoke along with hints of roasted malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation. The roastiness leaves your mouth a bit dry in the finish.
O: This beer has a good amount of smoke to it, but it seems to mask any other aromas or flavors. It could be better if it had a bit more malts and a fuller body.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler filled at Good Beer in New York, NY.

A: Pours an opaque very dark brown to almost black in color with some light hints of reddish brown when held up to the light. Poured with a quarter finger tall tan head that quickly reduced to a thin ring at the edges of the glass.

S: The aroma of this beer is all smoke, in a good way (kind of like the smells I associate with a good BBQ joint).

T: A nice dark roasted malt base with lots of smoke flavors. I get some light hints of iodine from the smoke. Slightly sweet up front then the smoke overpowers the rest of the taste.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. A little watery.

O: Very enjoyable and one I would likely try again. The smoke is slightly more dominant than I wanted.

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Smoke Jumper Smoked Imperial Porter from Left Hand Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 244 ratings.